Obituary: Alfie Curtis

Actor Alfie Curtis (b.1930) died on December 25. Curtis appeared in an episode of the proto-steampunk television series Q.E.D. and the film The Elephant Man. His most recognizable role, however, was as Cornelius Evazan, the drunk in Mos Eisely who threatens Luke, in Star Wars.

Obituary: John Mollo

Costume designer John Mollo (b.1931) died on October 25. Mollo entered movies as an historical consultant. In 1976, he designed the costumes for Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader, among others based on the artwork of Ralph MacQuarrie for Star Wars. He also worked on the costumes for Alien, The Empire Strikes Back, and Outland. He won two Academy Awards for his costume design for Star Wars and Gandhi.

Star Wars Reality Game

LucasFilm has announced “Find the Force,” an augmented reality game that can be played on cell phones by visiting retailers from September 1-3 to find virtual Star Wars characters. The game begins on “Force Friday II,” the date of a massive product launch in preparation for the December release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
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Obituary: Carrie Fisher

Actress and writer Carrie Fisher (b.1956) died on December 27. Fisher came to prominence in 1977 portraying Princess Leia in Star Wars, continuing to play the role through the original trilogy, The Force Awakens, and other projects, as well as the forthcoming Episode 8. She appeared in other films, including some of genre interest, wrote multiple books, both fiction and non-fiction, and was considered one of Hollywood’s best script doctors. Her parents were actors Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.

Obituary: Kenny Baker

Actor Kenny Baker (b.1934) died on August 13. Baker is best known for his role as the man inside R2-D2 in the first six Star Wars films. He also appeared in Willow, Labyrinth, and Time Bandits.

Star Wars at MidAmeriCon II

MidAmeriCon II has announced that Friday, August 19 will be Star Wars Day at the convention. At MidAmeriCon in 1976, fans were introduced to the film that would be erleased the following year with exhibits, slide shows, and talks by Charles Lippincott, Gary Kurtz, and Mark Hamill. This year, Lippincott and Kurtz will return with exhibits andbe joined by Alan Dean Foster, who ghost wrote the novel Star Wars as well as Splinter in the Mind’s Eye and the novelization for The Force Awakens. There will be Star Wars programming and an R2D2 maker’s exhibit as well.
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Obituary: Erik Bauersfeld

Actor Erik Bauersfeld (b.1922) died on April 3. Bauersfeld provided the voices for Bib Fortuna and Admiral Ackbar in Return of the Jedi, and reprised Ackbar’s voice in Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Bauersfeld also did voice work for A.I.: Artificial Intelligence.

Star Wars Fan Film Contest

Lucas Film is holding a contest for fan films set in the Star Wars universe. Winners will receive a Star Wars Prize Pack consisting of Star Wars-themed merchandise, a limited edition print of Star Wars concept art autographed by the artist, and a commemorative trophy. All submissions must be received by 11:59 pm PT on April 24, 2016. Award categories include Filmmaker Select, Best Animation, Best Non-Fiction, Spirit of Fandom, Best Comedy, Best Visual Effects, and Audience Choice.

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Obituary: Daniel Fleetwood

Fan Daniel Fleetwood (b.1983) died on November 9. Fleetwood, a Star Wars fan, was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma and given two months to live. His final wish was to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Disney arranged for him to see an unfinished cut at his home last week and he also received a call from director J. J. Abrams.

Darth Vader Statue Unveiled in Odessa

Following the passage of a law to remove symbols and insignia reminding the country of its communist past, a statue of V. I. Lenin in Odessa, Ukraine has been transformed into a statue of Darth Vader. Vader, and other Star Wars characters, is extremely popular in Ukraine, with members of the Pirate Party of Ukraine frequently adopted their appearance and names when running for office.
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